Hambirao Mohite

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Sar Senapati Hambirrao Mohite
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Sardar Senapati of the Maratha Empire
Born est. 1640
(Satara District, Maharashtra)
Died est. 1687
(Satara District, Maharashtra)
Religion Hindu

Hambirao Mohite Born at village Talbid (Karad) dist. Satara, was Sardar Senapati (Commander-in-Chief, Duke) of the Maratha Empire and the brother of Soyarabai, Shivaji's Queen. He was the father of Tarabai, the first regent of Kolhapur.

Following Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji's death in 1680, as Senapati, he played an important role backing Sambhaji (his eldest nephew) in his claim to the throne of the Maratha empire and in his battles against Aurangzeb.[1]

An able general and brave soldier, he fiercely resisted the half million-strong Mughal army with only a fraction of that under his command. He died after being struck by a cannonball during the Battle of Wai Satara.

Hambirrao Mohite (Sarnaubat)

"Hambirrao" was a title. His name was Hansaji Mohite. He was Sarnaubat of maratha Amry after Prataprao Gujar.

In the battle of Nesari, maratha army was shattered & their moral was down as they had lost their great leader Prataprao Gujar.

Bahlol Khan was overpowering Maratha contingent & was pushing them to big defeat. That's when Hambirrao took charge, With his own contingent he attacked Bahalol.

Hambirrao boosted the moral of Maratha army & with his bravery as well as great understanding of warfare, he converted the defeat into glorious victory. This victory helped maratha army gain their confidence.

On 18 April 1674, when Shivaji went to Chiplun, to meet his contingent in Kokan region, He awarded Hansaji Mohite with the Honour "Hambirrao", & also promoted him as new Sarnaubat (Chief of Army).

In 1677, Hambirrao lead the attack on Gadag, He defeated Adilshahi officer of koppal district "Husenkhan" He accompanied Shivaji in his deccan expedition. Hambirrao also guided Chhatrapati Sambhaji during his rule.

Hambirrao Mohite, actually named Hansajirao Mohite, was Conferred title of Hambirrao by Chhatrapati Shivaji. While his ancestors conferred title Baji and Deshmukh rights by Deccan Sultanates. He was succeeded by four sons and a daughter namely Santaji, Ranasing, Rangoji, Chandoji and Tarabai (later became Queen of the Maratha empire, marrying Chhatrapati Rajaram Bhosale). Hambirrao Mohite is considered a great Maratha warrior since he killed more than 600 enemy soldiers in a single war with his special sword which weighed around 20 kg.


  1. ^ Ec Ratnākara Rāva (1997). Govind, Shivaji's Warrior. Orient Longman. p. 6. ISBN 81-250-0774-1.